Black People : Cynthia McKinney Says It's Time To Take AmeriKKKa Back!!

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  1. SpiritualONE

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    Cynthia McKinney
    "Democracy Is Under Attack" Let's Take it Back"
    Abyssinian Baptist Church
    Harlem, USA

    How proud I am to stand at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem USA!

    Thank you Reverend Butts, Bob, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Sonia Sanchez, Ralph
    Carter, Hakim, the Coalition of Artists and Activists, and all who worked hard
    to put this rally together. And thank you for inviting me.

    How appropriate that we gather here at this Church, with all its rich history
    of proud resistance and indignant defiance of a social order that relegated
    the giants of their day to second class citizenship.

    And what an honor for me, to stand among the giants of our day, if only for a
    moment, and see America's landscape from their gaze.

    What this rally means, is that America's vista has now become as ravaged in
    its pristine hillside villas as it has always been for those of us who muddle
    behind the cities' shadows.

    Our people are dying.

    On the streets of America our people are dying.

    Gathered tonight in this room are people from all walks of life; and for that
    reason, this is a very dangerous meeting for the powers that be.

    They would like to see us divided.

    I'm not just saying that. They wrote that in their COINTELPRO papers; about
    how they would keep blacks separated from each other, and separated from
    Africans, and separated from other people of color, and most importantly, separated
    from progressive activist whites. They wrote that they would discredit black
    activists so they would lose favor within their community and within our
    American community. They also wrote that they would replace authentic black
    leaders with what they called "clean Negroes" whom they had groomed to be more
    loyal to them than to us. Those aren't my words, they're their words.

    Well, they were silly enough to write it down, and we were smart enough to
    read it. So we're not fooled.

    But the Coalition of Artists and Activists has come together to show us that
    now is the time for us to get busy. And take our country back.

    I, for one, can say that I am tired of burying innocent black and Latino
    people who die at the hands of this unjust system.

    New Yorkers have buried too many loved ones and shed too many tears.

    But sadly, every major city in America can probably call a roll: Ousmane
    Zongo, Alberta Spruill, Patrick Dorismond, Amadou Diallo; and those are just the
    names I know.

    Not too far from here, the streets of Benton Harbor, Michigan exploded
    because they got tired of adding names to their roll. It wasn't enough that
    Terrance Shurn and Arthur Patterson, young adults, were on the list, but those names
    only topped off 16-year old Eric McGinnis and 7-year old Trent Patterson, who
    had also made the list.

    I read that the NAACP called for calm and dialogue.

    I'm sorry, but I can't be calm if my baby is going to be shot or hurt by
    out-of-control police.

    I can't be calm when I drive through sections of Atlanta that look more like
    Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo than America.

    I cannot be calm.

    Dialogue must be followed by swift and deliberate action to root out racism
    at its very core. From a California gas station to a Mississippi Lockheed
    plant; from Cincinnati, Ohio to Benton Harbor, Michigan; to New York City, New
    York. And in Belle Glade, Florida where a young black man was found hanging from
    a tree, with his hands tied behind his back and the authorities call it
    suicide. In the 21st Century, America's trees still bear Strange Fruit.

    How much injustice can any community absorb before an eruption of
    extraordinary proportions occurs?

    And yes, we have our list in Georgia, too.

    And so, placing troops in Cincinnati Ohio or in Benton Harbor to restore calm
    and "protect property" is about as helpful for the resolution of the problems
    of Ohio, or Michigan, or for that matter Black America as it is to place US
    troops in Liberia to resolve the problems on West Africa's oil-rich shore.

    Or, for that matter, in the hot, oil-rich desert sands of Iraq.

    And while the South Bend Tribune blared on its editorial page that Benton
    Harbor rioters must be held accountable, who will blare, if not us, that America
    must be held accountable for the sick and depraved conditions under which
    millions of our people now live.

    Moreover, since that newspaper called for "accountability," I wonder, have I
    ever seen that word in the corporate press when describing the Bush
    Administration?

    Now it is a fact that it was the Ashcroft Justice Department that gave law
    enforcement officials authority to use the no-knock warrant, like the one that
    resulted in the death of Mrs. Spruill.

    But, I'm wondering where are the no-knock warrants for the Carlyle Group,
    Enron, DynCorp, Halliburton, Worldcom, HealthSouth, all the off-shore companies that fled our country to avoid paying taxes yet continue to get billions in federal contracts?

    Where are their no-knock warrants?

    And further, on this matter of accountability.

    George Tenet recently "fell on the sword" as they say and took responsibility
    for the 16 untrue words that happened to find their way into George Bush's
    State of the Union Address.

    But who among this Administration will take responsibility for the tragic
    events of September 11th and the tremendous intelligence failures that cost the
    lives of thousands of people who live and work in New York City?

    Interestingly, I was the one who called for an investigation of September
    11th asking the fully appropriate question, What did the Bush Administration know
    and when did it know it, about the tragic events of September 11th?

    Both President Bush and Vice President Cheney asked Tom Daschle not to
    investigate what went wrong on September 11th. An Australian newspaper ran the
    headline, "Bosses so lax, agents felt they were spies." They were describing our
    FBI.

    "Bosses so lax, agents felt they were spies."

    To this day that I know of, no one in any decision-making position in the
    whole of this Administration has accepted responsibility for failing the American
    people. Instead, from this Administration we have obstruction, obfuscation,
    dissembling, and deception.

    And yet, the one who did her homework, and told the truth to the American
    people, that our investment of trillions of dollars in the defense and
    intelligence infrastructures of our country should not have all failed simultaneously
    four times on a single day and since they did, we deserve to know why they did.
    . .

    Well, that's the person who got fired.

    Meanwhile, George Bush and *$#&@# Cheney, who remain in office, have the nerve
    to launch two simultaneous wars, at least one that is against international law; award no bid contracts to their friends in the defense industry; erode our
    Constitution and our Bill of Rights; put Paul Wolfowitz in charge of military
    tribunals (that same travesty of justice that we have excoriated other
    countries for in the past); put a felon, convicted of lying to Congress, in charge of
    our privacy; and lie about the rescue of Jessica Lynch, as well as the
    landing of America's top gun, George W.--on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln,
    which supposedly was out at sea, but that was really in San Diego harbor.

    And this all comes after they stole the Presidency on the uncounted chads of
    black and Latino voters in a scheme that was orchestrated at the top.

    Republicans rewarded Katherine Harris with a Congressional seat.

    In Georgia, 48,000 Republicans crossed over and voted in the Democratic
    Primary for the black woman Republican that they had drafted to run in my
    Democratic Primary. Georgia and national Democrats failed to protect the integrity of
    their own primary. Terry McAuliffe crows today about protecting Gray Davis
    from any Democratic challenge in a primary, but where was he when he could have
    protected this black loyal Democratic woman from a known Republican shill
    acting for the Bush Administration?

    And it's not enough for this Administration to accept responsibility for failing the American people. So too must the corporate media. Including the New
    York Times.

    As you may know, I'm involved with Mike Ruppert of From the Wilderness in a
    national campaign that is placing anti-Bush ads in newspapers all across the
    country. Sadly, many newspapers are saying no to the paid ad or are giving us a
    hard time after they've accepted the money. The New York Times is no
    exception.

    At the top of the ad is a cartoon. It features the big corporate media being "played" from behind the curtain by the great big, huge, Wizard. Like in the
    Wizard of Oz. But there, ever so small, at the bottom of the cartoon, is Toto, the little dog, pulling open the curtain and exposing the truth about the
    big, corporate media kinda like BAI does here. And the alternative media do
    all over our country. Well, in the cartoon, Toto is the alternative media--getting the truth out to the people.

    The text mentions oil, missing money from DoD and HUD accounts, the impeachment clause of the Constitution, the lawsuit that has been filed against the crossover voting in my election, and a special message from me.

    My special message in the ad is this:

    "Beware the Land of Oz. For it is only in the land of Oz that a handful of vainglorious men could send hundreds of thousands of young soldiers off to
    fight in an illegal war. And only in the Land of Oz can The Grand Wizard erode basic civil rights and call it enhanced security. And where but in Oz could a felon, convicted of lying in public, be put in charge of Total Information Awareness? 75 million Americans had no health insurance in 2001 or 2002. Unemployment is at an 8-year high. Meanwhile, at the Wizard's court, men of dubious
    reputation gorge themselves at the people's expense. Expose the Grand Wizard;
    this is our America, not Oz."

    Now, just a few days ago, I received a message through the ad agency placing
    the ad that before the New York Times will run it, I need to prove that what I
    say about Oz is true. Can you believe. . . The New York Times is fact-checking cartoons now?

    Or is it just this cartoon?

    They didn't bother to fact-check their story about me that's recounted in
    Greg Palast's book, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy." They just printed lies
    about me in an effort to make sure that a black Republican woman from New York
    City who is anti-affirmative action and anti-reparations would sit at the
    table of the Congressional Black Caucus and represent you in Washington, DC.

    In 1776, it was King George III who drove the titans of the American colony
    to write our Declaration of Independence. They wrote that there are certain
    unalienable rights and that it is the responsibility of government to protect,
    preserve, and promote these rights. However, in the words of its signers,

    "when a long train of abuses and usurpations, . . . evinces a design to
    reduce [a people to life] under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their
    duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future
    security."

    And with that, a rebellion became a revolution.

    My mother didn't want me to give this speech tonight. I'm sure it's hard
    for her to read the terrible things the corporate press and right-wing activists
    write about me.

    In today's America, she's right. I will probably get in trouble for what
    I've said to you tonight. But it won't be the first time I get in trouble for
    telling the truth. And I'll continue to tell the truth. As I have said
    before, I won't sit down and I won't shut up.

    I agree with Dead Prez: We need a revolution!

    And it needs to start with us.

    Thank you so much for inviting me to be with you tonight.


    ~/ S1~ENEMY OF EVIL\~
     
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    ---"They also wrote that they would replace authentic black
    leaders with what they called "clean Negroes" whom they had groomed to be more loyal to them than to us. Those aren't my words, they're their words. "

    She's the one in Congress

    ---Terry McAuliffe crows today about protecting Gray Davis
    from any Democratic challenge in a primary, but where was he when he could have protected this black loyal Democratic woman from a known Republican shill acting for the Bush Administration?

    McKinney is a Democrat

    ---Dialogue must be followed by swift and deliberate action to root out racism at its very core.

    Dialouge and action such as???

    ---Moreover, since that newspaper called for "accountability," I wonder, have I ever seen that word in the corporate press when describing the Bush Administration?

    Gave GW a HUGE hug on national TV at his great "Let's Roll" speech

    ---To this day that I know of, no one in any decision-making position in the whole of this Administration has accepted responsibility for failing the American people.
    ---I get in trouble for telling the truth. And I'll continue to tell the truth. As I have said before, I won't sit down and I won't shut up.

    After the Lets Roll speech she unsuccessfully tried to accuse Bush and the Administration of ploting the 911 attacks

    ---I agree with Dead Prez: We need a revolution!

    How can you be a "revolutionary" in the most prosperous capitalist society in the world? I dare them to go live in Cuba and renounce thier US citizenship
     
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    YEA.. it's time to take my place in AMERICA

    We are heading into an election next year that will not only affect Black America. It will change America in one of many ways.

    America will start growing again.
    Or will will start to spiral into the dark age. A time like the 1800's

    Where Black.. you are the last considered and hired. When there is a shortage of jobs You are the only and first fired.

    It's not a plan.

    It's business as usual. I would keep my son employed. And let the other man go. But no one has to go. I am somebody. I have a choice right now. I will not and will no longer buy product not made in America. Too many jobs have left this coast. The product is made oversea's. Cheaply.

    Then NIKE.. I like using them.. jacks me for about 65 dollars for a ten dollar pair of shoes.

    Give me raw leather. I will wrap my feet. I know my shallow friends and community will laugh at me.

    Cause I don't fit the keep up with the jones that run on borrowed money and time.

    If we continue on the present course and plan. We will be sorry. More lose of jobs, and lose of freedoms will take place like never seen in this day and time. If we don't do something diffeent and get out to vote. We have no one to blame. It isn't a time to quit. To give up the fight to breath. Ask yourself. Am I breathing fresh free air. Then go buy yourself a bottle water. Cause they messed that up too. Am I going anywhere. When you look at your parents . Do you think or ask. What have you gone through? It's not much different. Not much has changed.

    The shirt and tie has changed, maybe the face that spoke the words of mis-leading direction. Only to find you were duped again.

    My tax money. Pays the salary of everyone of those that exploit the masses. I hold them accountable for what they do.

    The hold me accountable. My parents taxes have paid the many salarys of those that beat them. Forced them to leave school at an early age because six grade was all their school went to. So then my mother went to work in the cotton fields to help support her family. Then she worked for years in the hotel maid service business. One because that was the only job a Black woman could get. A cleaning job. And couldn't stay a night in the hotel in the rooms she cleaned. Well she paid taxes and those taxes paid salarys. Salarys of the police. That did her wrong. Salarys of the the Congress that don't sing the right songs. They have been a problem for as long as I look back. They turn the other way and allowed this crap. Salarys paid for judges on the bench. Sentenceing my people to a life in the pen. Some went there cause they wouldn't give up a seat on the bus. Some went there cause they cared about us. They looked out beyond themselves and took time to think about the future of me. They marched. They protested. They died for me. So I can't sit idle like a branch on a tree. A rock in a pond letting water run over me. I have legs and a mouth and a pen. So I'm gonna write my Congress man.

    What are you going to do in 2003?

    So I fight for my mother. I fight for my father. Cause I have new weapons. I am smarter. I am stronger. I have more clout today than they had back then. I fight for my people that died long ago. Cause they saw this day. They saw a future if they spoke up. They didn't see clear. But they saw.
     
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